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January 1, 2010 - Ponyo: 2-Disc DVD and Plush Gift Set

December 31, 2009 - Take a look at the 2-Disc DVD & Plush Gift Set that will be released for Ponyo on March 2nd.
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December 30, 2009 - We've got a look at next week's new Special Edition DVD of Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine For You. The disc teams up the eponymous 1999 ABC holiday special with a pair of "New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" episodes. The old release's set-top game is here joined by a bonus "New Adventures" installment and six character Valentines. Full review...

December 28, 2009 - Tomorrow is the final Tuesday of the year and thanks to studio belief in the power of holiday gift cards, it's a stronger than usual one.
Click here for an overview of 2009's last new DVD and Blu-ray releases.

December 23, 2009 - If you're looking for some seasonal Disney viewing with which to spend the upcoming holidays, why not check out our guide to Disney's Christmas Films?

December 21, 2009 - Just in time for its release comes our review of "Kyle XY": The Complete Third Season. In the final 10 episodes of ABC Family's original drama, human-like experiment Jessi (Jaimie Alexander) develops feelings for Kyle (Matt Dallas), while both get involved with the mysterious Latnok society and its suspicious new supervisor Michael Cassidy (Hal Ozsan). The three disc set includes 2 audio commentaries, 12 deleted scenes, and a featurette about the series' future we'll never see. More...

December 18, 2009 - Updated: our pages devoted to Disney Animated Classics and Other Theatrical Animation (covering Pixar, DisneyToon, Ghibli, and others).

Our newest review covers District 9, the acclaimed science fiction hit in which extraterrestrials living in South African squalor are asked to relocate by their disgruntled human neighbors. The film follows the agent overseeing the evictions and the remarkable things he experiences. In stores next Tuesday, Sony's 2-Disc Edition DVD includes an audio commentary by first-time director Neill Blomkamp, 23 minutes of deleted scenes, and over an hour of making-of featurettes (most of which are exclusive). Check out our full review.

Read up on this week's new DVD and Blu-ray releases.

December 16, 2009 - Roy Edward Disney, nephew of Walt Disney and son of Roy O. Disney, passed away today at age 79. His filmmaking career stretched from the award-winning 1950s True-Life Adventures nature documentaries to last year's sailing competition film Morning Light. Disney was an integral part of the studio's animation Renaissance of the 1980s and 1990s, a period documented in Don Hahn's upcoming film Waking Sleeping Beauty. From go-to figurehead to vocal company critic, Roy had been the most prominent member of the Disney family since his father's death in 1971.

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December 14, 2009 - Today, we bring you a new review and a related interview. Writer/director Mike Judge (Office Space, "King of the Hill", "Beavis and Butt-Head") returns to workplace comedy with Extract. Jason Bateman stars as the troubled owner of small food flavoring factory. Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig, and J.K. Simmons co-star. Check out our review of the DVD, which reaches stores next Tuesday.

Then, check out our interview with Mike Judge, in which the filmmaker reveals his inspirations for Extract,
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December 11, 2009 - Our latest DVD review covers Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, last summer's much-watched Disney Channel Original Movie adapted from the popular sitcom. The Russo family goes on vacation in the Caribbean, where Alex (Selena Gomez) accidentally casts a spell making her parents never have met and threatening the existence of her and her brothers (Justin Henrie, Jake T. Austin). Available next week, the Extended Edition narrowly elongates the movie and includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and your own color-changing wishing stone on a clip. Read on...

The March debuts of Ponyo, Toy Story, and Toy Story 2 will bring the total number of Disney Blu-ray releases to over 60. We've fully updated our Disney Blu-ray page to include all of this year's releases and titles announced and expected next year. Our page includes cover art, review links, purchase links, and detailed contents overviews designating BD-exclusive bonus features. Check it out.

Cover art has been posted for Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky and Kiki's Delivery Service. Click here to view it. The March 2nd Studio Ghibli DVD re-releases ($29.99 SRP) will each include an interactive "World of Ghibli" experience with "Enter the Lands" and "Behind the Studio" features plus a Disc 2 storyboard presentation of the movie, an in-pack lithograph, and a foil slipcover.

December 10, 2009 - Coming your way today is an early review of G-Force, Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer's PG-rated action/comedy about a team of highly-trained government commando guinea pigs. Bill Nighy, Zach Galifianakis, and Will Arnett star in the flesh, while the CG-animated critters are voiced by the likes of Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Penelope Cruz, Nicolas Cage, Jon Favreau, and Steve Buscemi. In stores next week, the Deluxe DVD includes an audio commentary by visual effects artist turned first-time director Hoyt Yeatman, deleted scenes, bloopers, three music videos, and two short featurettes. Read the full review which includes a clip of the "G-Farce" outtakes reel.

Recent Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo-Choo Express - Having debuted on Disney Channel last month, the titular 47-minute special finds Mickey and friends assembling a train to see and transport Ludwig Von Drake's latest invention (melt-resistant snow). It's joined by the Season 2 episode "Mickey's Big Job", which is presented with four interactive Adventure Modes.

Recent Non-Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - The sequel to the hit 2006 family adventure relocates Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and his friends, enchanted New York museum exhibits, to Washington D.C., where a testy ancient pharaoh (Hank Azaria) plans evil. Fox's Blu-ray/DVD combo includes two audio commentaries, a host of deleted scenes, outtakes, featurette, a Scavenger Hunt game, and a digital copy. Our review includes a special report on the press event Fox staged to mark the film's release last week, in which kids and reporters spent the night in New York City's Madame Tussauds wax museum.
• World's Greatest Dad - In this dark independent comedy written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, Robin Williams stars as a high school poetry teacher who finds success as a writer in the wake of a tragedy. Magnolia's DVD includes a Goldthwait commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, making-of featurette, and a music video by The Deadly Syndrome.
• Julie & Julia - Based on two true stories, this Nora Ephron dramedy stars Meryl Streep as TV chef Julia Child getting her start in 1950s France and Amy Adams as a 21st century New Yorker who sets out to cook and blog about every recipe in Child's most famous book.

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